Lawyer Todd Greenberg entered a not-guilty plea at the arraignment to charges of murder in the first degree and on additional charges that included tampering with evidence and strangulation. Bohn is scheduled to be back in court on Sept. 24.
If convicted of murder in the first degree he faces life in prison without parole. Such an indictment is handed up according to penal law when the defendant is suspected of torturing the victim and “evidenced a sense of pleasure in the infliction of extreme physical pain,” said Queens District Attorney spokesman Kevin Ryan.
The evidence that allegedly supports the indictment will come out in court.
Bohn was held under suicide watch at Bellevue Hospital prison ward until recently.
Danielle Thomas, 27, left Florida in March to be with Bohn. She moved into his Astoria apartment and landed a position as an ad executive at Weight Watchers.
Officers were called to the apartment allegedly by Bohn on June 26 and discovered Thomas’ body lying face up in a bathtub surrounded with bags of ice. There was bruising on her forehead, face, shoulders, chest and neck, as well as lacerations on her face, mouth and chest.
Officers also found two handwritten notes signed by “J” allegedly saying that he was drunk when the incident occurred.
Bohn avoided arrest for three days, but was taken into custody for the murder of Thomas on June 29 at a White Plains restaurant where he was dining with his mother and his attorney.